ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY REFLECTS ON SUSTAINABLE LIVING
By: Winston Sibanda
It was a fun filled day as hundreds graced the official opening of the Sustainable Living Exhibition on Friday.
The exhibition has been a fixture on the Durban calendar for the past five years.
According to one of the organisers, Puvendra Akkiah, the exhibition has grown over the years. He said they have tried to promote awareness about sustainability to all sectors of society.
He said this year’s program was aimed at educating students.
“We are targeting students, our aim is to create their awareness on sustainable living issues they are the future leaders,” said Akkiah.
Raelin Kippen said he had learnt a lot from the exhibition. He said todays’ generation should love the use of technology to recycle waste material.
He recommended the city of Durban for its weather. He urged other students to put solar energy to good use and lead by example.
One of the exhibitors, Major Moya Hay, said sustainability goes beyond environmental management. She said people need to do something about the high crime rate within societies.
Moya Hay works with the Umngeni Community Empowerment Centre which promotes awareness against human trafficking. She said, to archive sustainability, it has to start somewhere.
“Bad things happen when good people do nothing so let’s do something,” said Moya Hay.
She said the Salvation Army has started a 24hour call centre for people affected by crime related to human trafficking and women abuse.
Durban University of Technology’s Jewellery Design student, Simphiwe Ntuli said that the exhibition was a great networking platform. He said he learnt a lot about other programs as well as how he can integrate his skills to create a sustainable environment.
Ntuli participated in a fashion show which was put together by DUT’s Faculty of Arts and showcased at the exhibition.
Akkiah said the aim of the exhibition is to promote a sustainable environment in terms of cleanliness, health and crime. He said they have partnered with different schools and organisations in a bid to push the sustainable living agenda.